menu please

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Appetizers, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Desserts, Dinner Party, Factoids, Posted on June 6, 2014 by Sandy Bergsten
Well the last week was filled with activity. Monday night a dinner in honor of our visiting floral design presenters. Thursday morning a surprise birthday brunch at our house for my husband’s entire office. Saturday night- cocktails and a buffet for Dave’s actual 60th birthday. Three parties, three menus, three
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surf and turf

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Fish and Seafood, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Sources, Posted on May 20, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten
My hubby just turned another year. He stated he didn’t want any fanfare but I know him well enough to know that he would appreciate a little something special to mark the occasion. So I invited a pair of close friends and put together a menu that would wow without
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faceoff

food detective
Categories: Appetizers, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Cocktail Party, Factoids, Posted on January 20, 2013 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Last summer a group of friends watched the documentary “Forks over Knives”. The film boldly investigated the claim that almost all degenerative diseases can be controlled and even reversed by adopting an animal-free based diet. Certainly food for thought. Recently one of those dear friends faced a huge health crisis.
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twinkle twinkle

what to bring
Categories: Appetizers, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Cocktail Party, Posted on December 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Some nights are sure to sparkle and last weekend my husband and I were fortunate to be included in such an evening. Our host and hostess had coolers of oysters shipped in and as these pearly beauties lay open in their newly shucked half shells flights of champagne were passed
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morning after

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Breakfast/Brunch, Posted on November 5, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
I’m having my old Cleveland girlfriends down for a Dayton sleepover to kick off my fiftieth birthday. Cocktails, dinner, and brunch (before I ship them north on their merry way). And to make sure it is a chipper car ride back I want to make sure they have a scrumptious,
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lunchbox

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Lunch, Posted on September 24, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Lunch on the go can be a dilemma. On the road options really don’t offer suitable alternatives. We’re faced with a pre-noon departure to kick off a family wedding on the east coast. Time to channel the 4th Earl of Sandwich to concoct a satisfying meal on the fly. Since
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greener pastures

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Salads and Dressings, Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 22, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
With success on the tart front it’s time to round out our lazy august supper. A simple chilled soup is the perfect way to beat the heat and put your guests at ease. All soups should really be made a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld. Doing
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take it for a test drive

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Dinner Party, Posted on August 17, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
French fare. While it all looks so easy, tarts can be (pardon my French) a bit of a bitch to make. Most of you know I am not the best of bakers. On my mom’s recent visit she was shocked at the state of my petite fudge cakes. These diminutive
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circle that date

perfecting the "done before they arrive" party- a work in progress
Categories: Soups, Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Dinner Party, Well Equipped, Posted on May 10, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
Months ago we inquired if friends could come over for dinner. As we scrolled through our collective calendars weeks turned into months, we finally settled on Saturday May 5th. In February when I tapped the event into my iPhone who knew that our date harbored two minor holidays- Cinco de
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birds of a feather

what’s old is new again- round two
Categories: Breads, Pizza, Tarts, Supper, Posted on February 2, 2012 by Sandy Bergsten - Comments (0)
What’s better than a great dinner party? Being left with the stars for an encore performance in a whole new role. One of my top craves in Palm Desert is Three Corner Bistro’s duck confit pizza. While theirs is made with brie and arugula, I decided I’d toss my lone
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